Monday, September 23, 2013

Review -- e.l.f. 32 Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette

 I usually don't buy eye shadow palettes from e.l.f.

I find that their single eye shadows tend to be better quality than the palettes, so I mainly stick to those.

But I'm a sucker for any makeup product that looks cool/pretty/unique and since e.l.f's items are all pretty affordable, I was willing to take chance on the relatively new 32-piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette.

The palette was originally $12, which is a pretty good deal for 30+ shadows, but I actually picked it up for only $6, making it an even better deal.

Sadly, though, I still wouldn't recommend it for even $6.

The quality just isn't there.

The palette obviously looks cool with all of the shadows broken up into triangle and diamond shaped pans.  The color range is good too -- you get some natural shades, including browns and beige tones, as well as some brighter colors like purple and teal, and dark, smokey shades like navy and black too.

e.l.f. 32 Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette
The problem with the shadows isn't just a lack of pigmentation -- though most of these shadows don't offer much in the way of color payoff -- because I can usually get around that with a good colored base underneath. It's the fact that they're so flaky and powdery that it's nearly impossible to get them to apply in an even manner.

When you swipe the shadows across your eye and try to blend them in, they're patchy and messy.

It's beyond frustrating.

Swatches from left rectangular box

Swatches from right rectangular box

Swatches from top middle rectangular section

Swatches from middle bottom rectangular section
If the shadows were just poorly pigmented, I might recommend this for folks who are just getting started with makeup and need some products to practice with.  However, I feel like if you gave this palette to a sister, daughter, cousin, friend, etc. who was a makeup beginner, you might run the risk of turning them off to makeup all together.

They're seriously that bad.

I don't feel bad about trying the palette because it was only $6, but I definitely don't want to see anyone else waste money on it. You're much better off buying a couple of the Studio Single Shadows or Baked Shadows (You can expect a review of these in the not too distant future) for that price.

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. Geometric Eyeshadow Palettes?  Did you have a better experience than mine?

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